Ham and Pasta Skillet

Whenever I make a ham (which is about twice a year) I always have leftovers.  Lots and lots of leftovers. Well, I think I’ve found a new favorite leftover ham recipe!  So many ham recipes have fattening, creamy sauces (which I love) so it’s nice to find something a little lighter.  This has lots of flavor and is quick and easy.  Everyone in my family loved it.

This would also be good with chicken, or as a vegetarian dish with the addition of more vegetables.  Tip: Dice up leftover ham and freeze it.  Then it’s ready to throw right in to dishes like this.

pasta with ham

Ham and Pasta Skillet
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 12 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 cups fully cooked ham, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat until butter is melted.
  3. Add pepper, onion, and garlic and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add ham, basil and oregano and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  6. Stir drained pasta into ham and vegetable mixture. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and toss.
  7. Sprinkle parsley and remaining Parmesan cheese over the top of the pasta. Serve immediately.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.



  1. This looks unbelieveable simple and unbelieveably good!

  2. This looks VERY delicious — YUM. I am going to copy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. we always struggle with ham leftovers! i am soo glad to see something fresh and simple!

  4. How many people does this serve?

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